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Hello everyone,welcome to our video onteaching English in Latin America.My name is Jeff and Iwill be your host todayalong with one of my colleagues, Paige.- [Paige] Hi everybody,welcome to the video.- [Jeff] Alright, so we'regoing to go over hiringprocedures and teaching marketknowledge for Latin America.This video will cover thespecifics of Latin America'svarious teaching marketsand how a newly certifiedteacher will find work in each country.Please contact your advisorwith specific questionsabout the TEFL course andfor enrollment advice.If you don't know who youradvisor is, give us a callto the general line andsomeone will assist you.- [Paige] Alright, and here's an agenda ofwhat we're going to talk about today.We'll cover why someone wouldwant to teach in Latin Americaand then we'll do anoverview of what the marketfor the whole region is like.We'll talk about visas, thatcan be a complicated topic.And then we'll break it down by country,Argentina through Peruand we'll talk aboutsome bonus destinations at the end.- [Jeff] Alright, so why Latin America?I mean, the culture for one, colorful,lively and welcoming people.The festivals are legendary,Carnival, which isfamous in Brazil but thereare Carnival celebrationsthroughout Latin America.Feria de las Flores, mypronunciation isn't too greatbut that's a flower festival in Colombia,a place I personallyspent a lot of time inand an amazing country.And then of course, Cinco de Mayowhich is very popular in Mexico.Cuisine, fantastic foodin many of the countries,tropical fruit, great coffee, seafood,really exotic, differenttastes, flavors and spices.The natural beauty is incredible.You can find white sandbeaches, mountains, jungles,all kinds of different animals.

A lot of natural beautythroughout the region.Emerging economies, there'sa lot of English teachingopportunity there becausepeople in their countries,they need to learn English for all kindsof international businessas their economies grow.Low cost of living, which basically meansreally low start up costswhen you're starting outin a country, you know, in the region,especially in places likePeru and Columbia and Mexico.Beautiful people andweather, most countries areSpanish speaking so areally useful languageto learn of course is Spanishand then even Portugueseif you're interestedin a place like Brazil.And lenient degree requirements,in a lot of the worldit is required to have a university degreehowever, in Latin Americait is not requiredto have a four year degree to findany English teaching position.And here are some pictures of our alumniin various countriesthroughout Latin America.It looks like we got one in Brazil thereand I know that thebottom left is in Ecuador.So, just a beautiful place to be.And now, why don't wecheck out an alumni videofrom one of our graduatesteaching in Latin America.(salsa music)Hi, my name is Ashley Strong.I'm from Oceanside, California,which is in San Diego County.Looking back at a bunch of papersthat I wrote when I was a little girl,I can always rememberwanting to be a teacher.In college, life kind ofhad a different path for meand I studied somethingother than education.When I was in my senior year of collegeI got an internship withPBS in Southern Californiaand got offered a job atthe end of my internship,where a day after graduating collegeI started a full time job with them.About three years afterI graduated collegeI started doing a lot of research fororganizations to go and teach in Africa.After some time I found an organization,applied and got acceptedand before I knew itI was getting on a planeto teach in Tanzania.So, while I was still in TanzaniaI started doing research onhow I can further teachingwithout going back to schooland getting my Mastersand found out I just needed to havethe certification to do so.When I was taking my course withthe International TEFL AcademyI was given an extremely helpful manualof all of the schools in Costa Rica.We sent out emails toabout a dozen schools,heard back from a majority of them.A few were very interestedand set up Skype interviewsand I was extremely fortunate in thatthe organization thatI currently work for,I actually got hired before I came.

So, I came to Costa Rica with my joband very luckily, with a place to liveas my employer had helpedset that up as well.One of my most important thingsin coming to Costa Rica wasliving with a local family.Here in my interview that Ihad with my current employer,he had asked me if I had questionsand I asked him if he had any suggestionson what can be done tolive with a local family.And luckily he did andwhat that situation entailsis a husband and wife, their two dogs,and then they rent outfive rooms in their house.So, currently we have people in the housethat are from all over the world.Only two of us are English teachers,others are doing an internship.Currently, I am working for a companycalled Idioma Internacionaland we work withmultinational corporationsproviding eitherprivate or group Englishlessons with them.A typical week for me isvery, very interesting.I'm only in the classroom 25 hours a weekbut I take public transportationto and from all my classes.Some are really close,they're only 10 minutes away.Some take me 45 minutes to get to.A lot of my classes are private virtualswhich are done through eitherSkype or Google Hangoutsand then I'm required to meet once a monthin person with those students so there isstill that face to face contact.I'm meant to be teachingat this point of my life.I wasn't going to takenot teaching as an answer.And so, I found myselfhere teaching again.The biggest advice is trust yourself.Trust yourself and takethat leap of faith.And I am very, very bigin that if it's somethingthat you truly are passionate aboutand feel like you'remeant to be doing, do it.- [Paige] Alright, let's do an overviewof what's going on in LatinAmerica's teaching markets.First of all, job demand inLatin America is on the rise.The region as a whole isexperiencing growth in the economywhich has led to rising living standards,especially in areas of tourism.English education isincreasing and demand fornative English speakersis very high at this time.Latin America is a greatplace for those of youwho want to learn Spanish or improveon Spanish skills you might already have.The same is true of Portuguese.If you have any interest in that languageand culture you mightfind yourself in Brazil.Degree requirements as Jeff mentionedare very lenient in Latin America.A college degree is verytypically not requiredthough sometimes youmight hear it's preferred.Not having a degree willnot hold you back here.It's also a part of theworld where teachers over 40or those looking toretire and teach Englishfind a lot of opportunity.Age is something that carries a lot ofclout in Latin culture.Hiring procedures in LatinAmerica most commonlyhappen face to face,once you're in country.Although, there are afew exceptions to thisand we'll cover those in later slides.Most of the students you can expectin this region are adults getting theirtraining at private language schools.Although there is still someopportunity teaching childrenif that's how you imagine your experience.Wages in this part of the worldare going to cover your cost of living.It's what we call breaking even.You can expect to pay for your housing,your groceries, afford asocial life, afford some travelbut you're not putting a whole lotinto the bank on top of that.- [Jeff] Now moving on tothis next topic of visas.Anytime you're travelingto a different countryit's important to know about the rulesand regulations when it comes to visas.And when you're teaching in Latin Americathere are all different types of visasthat English teachers will teach on.A tourist visa is somethingthat allows a personto enter a country and travel fora limited period of time, often 90 days.Many schools hire their teachersunder the table on a tourist visa.Working on a tourist visais not legally allowedso teachers are paid under the table.But this is commonpractice in many countries,especially a place like Argentina.Some countries requirepayment at the borderand some require an application in advanceat the consulate toreceive a tourist visa.A work visa, this is somethingthat is legally sponsoredby a business to work.Some countries value workvisas and others do not.Every country has different procedures.Student visa, enrollmentinto an accreditedclass or university is required for this.It allows a student to legally work,often 20-24 hours aweek in many countries.Time, money, paperwork andinterviews at embassiesand consulates are typicallyneeded for student visas.And another term that we'll mentiontoday is border crossing.In some countries, againa place like Argentina,sometimes Peru, teachers on atourist visa leave the countryevery 90 days or whatever given periodis common in that countryand then they come backto renew their touristvisa for another 90 days.Alright, moving on to Brazil.The peak hiring seasons in Brazil arein late February and March, after Carnivaland again in July and August.The hiring proceduresthere are face to face.It's important to be interviewingin person to find jobs.And when it comes to visas,you'll actually receivea visa from the Brazilian consulatebefore you arrive in the country.That's an important thingto note about Brazil.You need to apply fora visa ahead of time.The initial visa is goodfor 90 days and it can beextended by another 90days while in the country.

Border hopping is notpermitted as tourists can onlylegally be in Brazil for 180 days a year.And here's an alumni quotefrom our graduate Ben,"Brazil is the most amazing place"I have ever been in my life."The food is amazing."The public transportation is great,"there's always something to do,"the nightlife here tops everywhere else"I have been in the world."If you like to have a good time,"Brazil is definitelya good choice for you."Oh thanks Ben, and here are some picturesfrom some of our alumniin Argentina and Brazil.- [Paige] Alright, moving right along.Let's talk about Chile, anotherplace where hiring happensin February and March,again in July and August.However, in Chile it is possiblefor teachers to secure a job in advancebefore they leave their home country.But, just as many peopleare expected to find workon the ground in Chile, itreally depends on the schooland how much time youhave to put towards this.A visa in Chile, you can expectto have a school helpyou with a work visa.This can be done eitherfrom abroad or at home.Documents you can expectto need for this visa,and I should say, this list will changebased on the consulateyou applied through.But this is a very common andtypical list for work visas.You can expect to need yourpassport, a tourist visa,a contract from a school,some passport photos,a visa application form and most often,an apostilled TEFL certification.In terms of a reciprocity fee,US citizens don't have toworry about this in Chile.And here's an alumni quote from Ashleywho looks like she enjoyed some timein Valparaiso, Chile and even made itdown to Antarctica through Patagonia.Ashley says, "Chile's geography makes for"a unique travel experience."You can ski in the mountains one day"and then go to the beach the next."There is virtually everylandscape imaginable to explore,"and all can be done on arelatively modest budget."- [Jeff] Alright, somoving on to Colombia.The peak hiring season in Colombia isJanuary, February, March andagain in July and August.Similar to a lot of otherSouth American countries.In terms of the hiringprocedure, it's possiblefor teachers to securea job before arrival,however, you really shouldexpect to be hired on the ground.When it comes to visas,some employers will assisttheir teachers with receiving a work visa.Typically, larger and morewell known, named schoolsand some employers will not.So, it is common for teachers to workon a tourist visa as well.For tourist visas, you'llget your passport stampedupon entry into the country.It's good for 90 daysand then it's possibleto get another 90 day extensionby visiting a local government office.And for work visas, the visais known as a T4 work visa.You'll need a visaapplication, passport copies,paperwork from your employerand approximately $245.And here's an alumni quotefrom a graduate in Colombia,"There is so much culture inColombia and Colombians are"so warm and have a lot ofpride for their country."Colombia has a million beautiful places"to see and nice experiences to have."I will definitely go back."Alright, thanks Elisa.- [Paige] Next, we'lltalk about Costa Rica.This is probably our most popularteaching market in Central America.Hiring in Costa Ricaruns through December,expecting to begin work inJanuary and then again in July.Costa Rica is a place you can expectto need to find workface to face, on ground.And teachers are able towork on a 90 day tourist visalegally and this is because teacherscan obtain a contractor'slicense with an ID number.Our alumni Natalie who iscurrently in Costa Ricatells you to, "Do it and doit now and don't think twice"because once you getthere, a few weeks in"you'll wonder why youwaited so long to do it."And here are some photosshared with us from graduateswho are currently teachingin Costa Rica and Colombia.- [Jeff] Alright, moving on to Ecuador.The peak hiring season in Ecuador,you're going to be February and Marchand then again in July and August.And for the hiring procedures,it's possible to get a job in advance,however, you should expectto be hired on the ground.And for visas, many employerswill assist their teacherswith the receiving something calledan intercultural exchange visa.That's pretty common in Ecuadorand then if you want atraditional work visa,it's required that youhave an education degree.And here's an alumni quotefrom Lynsey in Ecuador,"There's somethingspecial about the kindness"of Ecuadorians that we'renoticing more and more."Life is slower hereand with that extra time"comes more time for people."- [Paige] Moving right along,we'll talk about Mexico.Mexico is a place thatnot many US citizensmay realize has a verythriving teaching market.So much so, that hiringgoes on year round.Although there are peakmonths in May, June and Julyas schools begin in September.Hiring in Mexico can be done from home.You can find work in advancealthough just as many teachersagain, are finding workon the ground in Mexico.Schools in Mexico will assist youwith getting your work visa.It's called an FM3 Immigrant Visa.Something that can bedone from home or abroad.Takes about two weeks to process.It will cost you about $380.

Because of that some schools are stillworking with ESL teacherson tourist visas.You would expect to need to haveyour TEFL certification apostilledto receive the FM3 Visa.An alumni quote from Stacey who enjoyedher time in Mexico, Staceysays, "Do it, just go."If you're nervous, try tosign a shorter contract,"usually they are about six months"but you will learn more about yourself"in those six months than you thought."If your goal is just to buy time,"learn a language ortravel, it is so worth it."I love the Mexican culture."And here's some photos shared withabout teaching English inboth Mexico and Ecuador.- [Jeff] Alright, now Nicaragua.Nicaragua is one of the more emergingEnglish teaching markets in Latin America.The peak hiring season,you can pretty muchfind a job year round.There is a shortage of English teachers,November is the peak hiring monthfor teachers to start in January.Hiring procedure, you really need to beinterviewing face to face in Nicaragua.And for visas, prettymuch all English teacherswork on a tourist visa under the table.You can not renew yourtourist visa in Hondurasor El Salvador, so it'srequired that you travelto Costa Rica, which is anotherbordering country every 90 days.And there's actually a summer teachingprogram with orphans thatyou can apply for withInternational TEFL Academy in Leon.You can find more informationabout that on our website.And here's an alumni quotefrom Chelsea in Nicaragua,"Overall, so far I amlove love loving this,"and feel that my lifehas already simplified."There is a feeling here that time"just kind of slows down."- [Paige] Next we'll cover Panama,another Latin Americancountry where hiringruns in February and March,again in July and August.Hiring is done face to face in Panama.And you can expect towork on a tourist visaand get paid under the table.However, US citizens areable to stay in Panamafor 180 days before they have to leaveand renew their tourist visas.Alumni Mitch has some great advicefor prospective teachers in Panama.He says, "Just dive into theculture, learn the language."See things you'd never dreamed you'd see."I would definitelyrecommend teaching in Panama."The people are friendly,the surfing is excellent"and the weather is fantastically hot."- [Jeff] And now we'll look at Peru.The peak hiring season inPeru is February and Marchand then again in July and August.The hiring procedurethere, it's face to face.And for visas, most English teacherswill work on a touristvisa under the table.US citizens are able tostay in Peru for 90 daysand then must renew their tourist visaby crossing into a neighboring country.Here's an alumni quotefrom Zac, teaching in Peru."Just go, if you think about it too much"you will likely find ways to talk"yourself out of teaching abroad."There will always be another office job"waiting for you back home."Teaching abroad is a unique opportunity"that you may not get again later in life."Get your TEFL certification,"spin a globe and get on a plane."and here are some photos from graduatesand even a colleague spendingtime in Peru and Panama.- [Paige] Okay, so you may have noticedthat there are somecountries in this regionthat we have not covered.This will be Bolivia,the Dominican Republic,El Salvador, Guatemala,Honduras, Paraguay,Uruguay and Venezuela.These are wonderful countries that either,do not just have a verystrong teaching marketor they're just not very popularwith our prospective students.If you do want to learn aboutany of these destinationsthis is the time you'd wantto speak with your advisorand get some specific information.For most of these countries,we still have resourcesin our job search guidancemanual and school finders.And now, let's hear from one of our alumniteaching English in Latin America.(latin music)Hello, my name is Brooke Bracy.I'm 34 years old and I'moriginally from Portland, Oregon.I took the online course with theInternational TEFL Academy in 2011.I finished the course in Apriland I was already living in Mexicowhen I finished the course,I moved here a couple weeks before.I chose to study with theInternational TEFL Academybecause I was very impressed withwhat I saw about the course onlineand I saw very positivecomments on their Facebook page.Just little things like that.I chose to come to thiscity to teach Englishbecause I lived herebefore as a missionaryand I knew the area andfelt comfortable here.And I loved it here, in my first jobI walked every day, the same route.

And I got to know people andI started greeting peopleon the way to work, to and from work.And one of those people turned out to bemy future husband so, Inever expected that to happenin my experience here in Mexico.But now, I am married to a Mexicanand I have a sweetie little Mexican baby.In my free time, I loveto go to the lake here.It's a very popular,recreational place in this townwhere you can just feellike you're out of the cityfor a little bit andit's a great atmosphere.Family is so important in this culture.Children are reveredand it's a great placeto see families just having fun.I currently work with Open Englishwhich is a very successfulonline English schoolgeared toward Latin American students.I found my job here by truly studyingall of the materials word for wordthat the InternationalTEFL Academy offered us.I emailed anybody Icould to send my resumeand see if I could geta job lined up before I came here.That was really important to me.I worked at a smallprivate language school.It was a great place tostart teaching Englishbecause I had the opportunityto work with all age levels.It's easy to find an economical placeto live here in Mexico.That's one of the reasonsI wanted to come here.I would definitely recommendteaching in Mexico.It might not be the place whereyou're going to earn themost but you can liveand you can live comfortablyas a teacher here.Taking the course with theInternational TEFL Academyreally helped me make this plungeinto teaching English abroad.I would encourage anybody to try it.You won't be sorry.- [Paige] So, thanksfor watching our videoon teaching English in Latin America.If you have additional questionsor you're looking for more informationand resources contact your advisorto discuss teachingEnglish in this region.If you don't have an advisor yetthen give a call to our general lineand we'll set you up with someone.That number is 773-634-9900.On behalf of International TEFL Academy,thanks again for joining us.Hasta luego!


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